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TC, agree that overall we defended well but as you say we made 3 big mistakes for their goals. That tendency to self inflick trouble has to go.
I know MB demands to play out from the back, but there's a time when to do it.
Predictable passing across & in the box, backpassing it to Meslier who then more often than not floats a ball to either wing, it just asking for problems.
Daniel, the striker role isn't something that suits James, as his goalscoring record tells US he's not clinical enough. He needs to improve vastly on chosing the correct option and his final ball too.
Guess you don't like him as a player, fair enough. I have also questioned splashing out that amount of cash for the one position we're actually loaded in.
But thus far not seen enough from Summerville, McKinstry and even more so from Miller that they would be ready.
Klich role has been very limited in recent games (that's with a lot of our main players out injured), so the game time people like McCalmont or Boguesz would also remain very limited.
To me yesterday Harrison was rather poor and struggled with Reece James, got brushed aside plenty & had very little impact going forward. Would have taken him off, not Shacks.
In general, plenty of impressive performances yesterday.
Ayling at times looked a bit rusty when defending, but especially in the second got forward very well. Best game I've seen Firpo play!
Roberts again had a good game, got lucky with a dangerous tackle, great pass to Joffy. Forshaw broke up play a lot & again ran his socks off and kept the ball well.
Such a pity we didn't get our just rewards.
For me firpo is a hero For speaking his mind to that bunch of cheating tossers,and as for our performance I have to say like someone else said earlier.... our best performance of the season.... And yes it hurts not to come away with at least a point but there are many positives we can take from it,going into the games against man city,Arsenal and Liverpool.... And I hope Bielsa reminds them all of that as soon as the disappointment dissipates..... We showed fantastic character to hang in there against a top 3 team WITHOUT Phillips or Bamford! And if we get Bamford back for those 3 games,our self belief could be sky high and I wouldn't put it past us getting 4 pts from them... 👍
Someone will have to explain how Dan James is Automatic in selection in the starting team each week.
I said it before we over paid and I will say it again now.
Dan James IS TERRIBLE AND HAS NO GAME I.Q.
Our young players like Summerville, McKinstry & Miller would offer far more.
Today I saw Roberts, Raphinha, Harrison and Ayling all giving him the 'what the fu8k you doing/thinking look & hand signal. If you watch the game again you will see Firpo come to Beilsa to complain which instantly saw James being told to shift to the right wing 5 seconds later.
Think Roberts looks a better player when plays off the defenders shoulder.
Shackleton looked pissed when was subbed.
Klich needs a holiday. McCalmont or Boguez need recalling to replace him. If not then Jenkins and Bates needs his spot. Think Klichs 2 bouts of Covid has done something to him as he seems 2 steps slower in physical activity and thought.
Firpo mouthing to the Chelsea players that they could only win by cheating really pissed them off. Funny as.
Robbed of a point there. A draw would’ve been a fair result.
No doubt be in trouble for handbags at end of game - junior??
Good overall performance and at least we also went at them unlike other teams....
Thought we defended really well overall apart from the goals.... can that make sense!?
Great cross by my nemesis Roberts and quality finish by Joffy....
Get everyone fit and 3 QUALITY signings who can start and we'll challenge for Europe.... we have no worries whatsoever about fkn relegation.
What a confidence boost that would have been with the bare bones starting and 3 tough games coming up....
Klich not very clever either, but that was the faintest of touches on a bloke, twice his sice and he went down like a brick. Hate them...
Certainly won't go down own that performance, but still that performance doesn't give us anything at all.
Meant to write, first goal we offered them.
Emotions running high here.
The first all we gave them has proved to be all important.
Why oh why do we always try and play the ball in our own box.
Kick the ball up the pitch, offload the pressure, don't put your keeper and teammates under pressure time and again.
Hated Chelscum before (even more than that lot from chester), I just hope they won't win anything ever again. Cheating b...s. European Champions on the ropes and waisting time... Shit side.
What a home ref too, only a yellow for James. We've had players off for looking the wrong way at people.
Well proud of the fight and the competitiveness.
Proud of Mouseman for getting a 4 game streak in
Very proud of Joe
Not proud of Klich
In my view our best performance this season. Our passing was on level with last season’s. Quite unlucky to lose through clumsy actions from Raphinha and Klich. Gelhardt is the real deal. Based on this game we should not fear relegation. MOT
Three mistake three goals
Just don't understand why Cresswell is even named on the bench....
Even against the mighty Brentwood last week, the whole formation and players were changed to stop Cresswell just slotting in for Coops....
If you can't trust him against a poor Brentwood side then you can't trust him against anyone!!
But apart from pascal being out I called it
I don’t get it either unless he don’t think creswell is mature enough for a big game ?
Ffs can'tsee us getting anything, James up front? Why? Cresswell cb with ayling rb,not rocket science losing patience with bielsa!!!
I think we will lift our game today. I'm not saying we will get a result but I reckon our players will make a game of it. They underestimate us at their peril.